Sauk and Sucker Creeks (SH01) Watershed Planning


The Sauk and Sucker Creeks Watershed is the southernmost watershed in the Sheboygan River Basin. Most of the watershed is located in Ozaukee County, with a small northern portion located in Sheboygan County. This watershed includes the subwatersheds of Sauk Creek and Sucker Creek, plus areas discharging directly to Lake Michigan. Sauk Creek enters Lake Michigan in the City of Port Washington, while Sucker Creek (also known as Sucker Brook) enters the Lake north of the City of Port Washington. The watersheds are primarily agricultural, but urbanization is proceeding. Water quality is good to poor in both Sauk and Sucker Creeks. This assessment is based on fish and macroinvertebrate communities and water chemistry. About About 12% of the rivers and streams in the watershed have been identified as being in poor condition to support fish and other aquatic life, 19% have been identified as being in fair to good condition, and the remaining 69% have not been assessed. Most streams in the two watersheds have natural community classifications of cool-warm transition headwaters. The remaining streams are classified as macroinvertebrates streams or have no classification. There are three small lakes in the watersheds; however, little is known about their condition.

Study Design

Watershed specified for planning and assessment purposes. Assessment of water quality condition in this respective county will use protocols described in WisCALM of the year of assessment. Minimum assessment work includes biological data (macroinvertebrates, fish indices), chemistry and habitat data. Additional work includes identification of priorities and goals, creating recommendations for actions, and updating narratives for watersheds and waterbodies. Assessments are to be double checked by at least one additional biologist.

Related Reports

Run Project Summary Report
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Water Quality Planning
Targeted Watershed Plans
Reports and Documents
Assessments and recommendations for the Watershed. Sauk Creek TWA 2017
Sauk Creek in City Port
Sauk Creek Jay Road
Brochure published with UW Extension-date unknown.
Sauk Creek CTH LL
Sauk Creek Upstream
Sauk Creek near mouth
Longnose Sucker - Sucker Creek
Progress Report for 2030 Sheboygan Urbanized Area Sewer Area Plan update for the time period January 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011
2030 Sheboygan Urbanized Area Sewer Area Plan January 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011 Report and Invoice
Sauk Sucker SSA Water Service
Sauk Sucker G W Recharge
Sauk Sucker Civil Divisions
Sauk and Sucker Creeks (SH01) Critical Areas Map (SEWRPC)
Data Documentation
This report describing water quality in Sheboygan County lakes is for the use of home buyers and realtors who may be interested in properties on or near the lakefront. The focus is to compare the relative water quality of different lakes within the county using information gathered during lake monitoring from 2001-2004.
Activities & Recommendations
Water Quality Planning
Sauk and Sucker Creeks (SH01) Watershed Planning